Staff Profiles

Medical Staff

Dr Gillian Lockwood FRCOG DPhil MA (Oxon)

Medical Director

Dr Gillian Lockwood Dr Lockwood joined Midland Fertility in 2000 as medical director after working in fertility medicine since 1991, initially at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she also completed her Doctorate. Her research interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, age-related sub-fertility and recurrent miscarriage. Under her guidance, Midland Fertility was the first UK clinic to use the hormone inhibin B to assess ovarian reserve, a precursor to AMH testing.She is ethics spokesperson for the British Fertility Society, former vice-chair of the RCOG Ethics Committee and was a special advisor to the Parliamentary Select committee reviewing the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. In 2009 she was asked to join a Working Party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics – ’Give and Take: Human Bodies in Medicine and Research’ considers the ethical issues that arise in the provision human body materials, from organs, gametes, corneas, blood etc, with a particular focus on the role of the person providing the ‘material’.She lectures and broadcasts on ethical and social issues in reproductive medicine and has published widely on all aspects of fertility, including co-authoring Fertility & Infertility for Dummies with Jill Anthony-Ackery in 2007.
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Ms Radha Venkatakrishnan MBBS MD MRCOG PGCert

Consultant

rvenkatakrishnan1-dec16_ptp4705 Ms Radha Venkatakrishnan is a consultant gynaecologist and sub-specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery. She undertook her initial medical training in India and completed specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the West Midlands.  She obtained her Masters degree from the University of Warwick for her research in ‘implantation and early reproductive failure’.  In addition to her role at Midland Fertility, she is an honorary consultant gynaecologist, at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, and an honorary senior clinical lecturer at University of Oxford.
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Dr Krishna Vatturi MRCOG, MD

Clinical Specialist

KVatturi apr15 Dr Krishna completed her undergraduate and post graduate studies in India where she received her MD in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1992.  She continued to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology in India until she moved to the UK in 2004.  Dr Krishna then began work in the same field at Burton Hospital.  It was then she felt the natural progression to specialise in fertility and joined the Burton Centre for Reproductive Medicine in 2009.  Dr Krishna had the opportunity to see fertility patients throughout pregnancy all the way to delivering the baby she had transferred as an embryo!  Dr Krishna joined Midland Fertility in April 2015 and carries out both consultations and procedures.  In addition to English, she speaks Hindi, Urdu and Teaugu Email Dr Krishna VatturiTop

Dr Georgios Petsas MBBS PhD

Clinical Specialist

Dr George Dr George graduated in medicine from The University of Crete in 2003.  After working as a GP in Greece he became a senior house officer in general surgery, before specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2005.  He served as a military doctor in 2009 then went on to combine his interest in human reproduction with his obstetrics and gynaecology experience before achieving an honorary doctor position in reproductive medicine in Crete in 2014.  He joined the clinical team in October 2014 and speaks both Greek and fluent English.  Dr George is a member of the recurrent miscarriage team. Email Dr Georgios PetsasTop

Nursing Staff

Sue Lowbridge RGN RM RHV BSc (Hons) PGD

Nurse Manager

 SLowebridge 1 nov15 DSC_0030 Sue underwent her nursing training and midwifery at The Manor Hospital, Walsall following which, became a health visitor in the Wolverhampton area.  Sue joined Midland Fertility in 1995 as a fertility nurse specialist before moving to New Zealand in 2003 where she took up the post as a practice nurse then fertility nurse manager.  She returned to the UK in 2015 and rejoined the Midland Fertility clinical team as nurse manager.  Sue is focused on providing a high quality, professional service with a friendly smile!Email Sue LowbridgeTop

Bethan Elton RM BSc (Hons)

Nurse Supervisor

belton4-oct12_ptp9178 After qualifying as a ‘direct entry’ midwife in 2002, Bethan joined Midland Fertility in April 2003 and in 2005 she completed a degree in midwifery from the University of Nottingham. In addition to her patient caseload, Bethan is regularly part of the surgical sperm retrieval team and carries out embryo transfers.  She is also one of the miscarriage and implantation failure service team.  In 2009 Beth had twins as a result of ICSI treatment she had at Midland Fertility, while she was a member of the clinical team. She was promoted to nurse supervisor in 2015. Email Beth Elton c/o The NursesTop

Donna Wassell RN DipHE

Nurse Supervisor

dwassell_dsc0262 Donna joined Midland Fertility in March 2010 after training at Walsall Manor Hospital and qualifying in 2007 and then gaining experience as a district nurse and more recently as an endoscopy staff nurse at Good Hope Hospital.  Donna is one of the surgical sperm retrieval team along with performing egg recoveries, IUI procedures, saline scans and endometrial scratches. She was promoted to nurse supervisor in 2015. Email Donna Wassell c/o The Nurses Top

Anne Howard RGN

Fertility Nurse Specialist

ayarwood1oct13_ptp5473 Anne joined Midland Fertility in October 2013 after training at Coventry University and gaining her first experience in nursing at Walsgrave Hospital as a vascular nurse.  She spent two years at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Coventry as a fertility nurse specialist then a year working in a leading complementary therapy fertility clinic in London before joining Midland Fertility. Anne has a particular interest in male infertility and nutrition and carries out endometrial scratches on our female patients. Anne also helped set up the collaboration between Midland Fertility and IVI Las Palmas and asssits patients who are undergoing egg donations cycles with IVI.   Email Anne Howard c/o The NursesTop

Julie Owen RGN DipHE

Fertility Nurse Specialist

jowen1-dec16_ptp4717 Julie joined the clinical team at Midland Fertility in July 2016, after initially being a part of the administration team from 1999-2007.  She then qualified as an RGN after studying at Birmingham City University and worked on the stroke ward at Good Hope Hospital, before joining the team at John Taylor Hospice. Email Julie Owen c/o The NursesTop

Sally Parkes RM BSc (Hons)

Clinical Midwife and Fertility Nurse Specialist

sparkes3-feb14 Sally joined Midland Fertility in November 2010 as a clinical midwife after training at Sandwell Hospital in 2001, qualifying as a midwife in 2004 after completing her midwifery degree from University of Wolverhampton and subsequently working on the maternity unit at Sandwell.  Sally carries out both endometrial scratches and embryo transfers.  She is one of the miscarriage and implantation failure team at Midland Fertility. Email Sally Parkes c/o The Nurses Top

Claire Perkins RN BSc (Hons) DipHE

Fertility Nurse Specialist

cperkinsapr142 Claire joined the clinical team at Midland Fertility in April 2014.  After gaining her nursing diploma at Nottingham University she spent 15 years on the colorectal unit at Sandwell Hospital, seven years of which as ward sister.  She then graduated with a nursing degree from Wolverhampton University in 2010. Claire is the clinical co-ordinator for the Midland Fertility egg donation programme.  Claire also underwent successful ICSI treatment with Midland Fertility so will be able to use her own experience to help other patients through their fertility journeys.Email Claire Perkins c/o The Nurses Top

Emma Di Pierri

Fertility Nurse Assistant Supervisor

E.DiPierri2Jan2016  Emma joined the Midland Fertility team in July 2015 as clinical administrator before taking on the role as fertility nurse assistant supervisor in January 2016. Emma ensures that the clinical team have assistance with all procedures, monitors stock and takes blood samples from patients.  She also oversees blood samples leaving the clinic for external processing and the return of results.Email Emma Di Pierri c/o The NursesTop

Sarah Barnard NVQ

Senior Fertility Nurse Assistant

sbarnard2-oct12_ptp9167 Sarah joined Midland Fertility in 1998 as an assistant to the nursing team. She helps with all the medical procedures including egg collections and scanning for embryo transfers.  Sarah is an experienced phlebotomist and is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist.Email Sarah Barnard c/o The Nurses Top

Lisa Wood

Fertility Nurse Assistant

LWood1jan16 Lisa joined Midland Fertility in January 2016.  Her role involves assisting the clinical team with all procedures, monitoring patients in recovery and taking blood samples from both male and female patients. Email Lisa Wood c/o The Nurses Top

Julie Myatt

Clinical Administrator/Secretary

 JMyatt1 Julie joined Midland Fertility in May 2014 with 14 years’ experience as a PA for a Midlands-based television company and two years as a legal secretary. Julie’s role at Midland Fertility involves assisting the clinical team by answering telephone calls, booking appointments and handling patient queries. Julie also types patient correspondence. Email Julie MyattTop

Tracey Clifford

Clinical Administrator

Tracey worked in administration roles for the NHS for 14 years before joining the team at Midland Fertility.   Tracey has  a qualification in personnel practice  and an NVQ III in administration.  She will be working part time covering the clinical administration where she will book appointments for patients and answer queries. Email Tracey Clifford c/o The Nurses Top

Sandra Bateman BACP

Infertility Counselling Co-ordinator

SBateman apr15 Sandra joined Midland Fertility in 2011 as part of the counselling team with practising privileges  She trained with IMPACT and worked for eight years as a drugs and alcohol counsellor for the Shropshire probation service.  Sandra also worked part time as an A&E receptionist within Shropshire Community Hospital whilst studying for her diploma.  She was then well placed to take up a position as fertility counsellor and the same hospital and go onto become BACP and BICA accredited.  Sandra now works part time at the Shropshire Community Hospital and part time at Midland Fertility helping patients through their fertility journeys and beyond.  Sandra also practices acupuncture, is treasurer for BICA and is part of the Funding Fairness for Fertility organisation.Direct phone: 07931 520031 – for counselling services Email Sandra BatemanTop

 Laboratory Staff

Su Barlow CS M.Med.Sci BSc (Hons) DipRCPath

Laboratory Director

SBarlow2 Su joined Midland Fertility in 1991 and has been laboratory director since 1995 and a director since 1998. The research for her M.Med.Sci investigated the genetics of eggs that failed to fertilise. In 2000 she and Gina were responsible for establishing the lab procedures for successfully freezing eggs using the slow-freeze method and for introducing vitrification ‘flash-freezing’ in 2008. She has overall responsibility for the lab and the cryo-storage of patients’ eggs, sperm and embryos and is the meetings co-ordinator for the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE). Su is also the complaints officer. Email Su BarlowTop

Gina Aldis CS MSc BSc (Hons)

Laboratory Manager

Gina Aldis In October 2014 Gina resumed her role as laboratory manager, after a break of nine years.  She originally joined Midland Fertility in 1999 having previously specialised in the study of embryology in cattle. In 2001 she was first appointed as lab manager at Midland Fertility, a role she held for four years before opting to scale down her hours as one of the team’s clinical embryologists.Email Gina AldisTop

Craig Clifford CS Cert Clin Emb BSc (Hons)

Clinical Embryologist

CClifford apr15 Craig rejoined the laboratory team in April 2015 after originally training at Midland Fertility in 2004 following his graduation from Wolverhampton University in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Craig then worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford as an embryologist until moving to the Burton Centre for Reproductive Medicine in 2008.  He continued his work with embryology and clinical science until returning to Midland Fertility’s new super-clinic in Tamworth. Email Craig CliffordTop

Dr Thomas Connolly PhD MSc BSc (Hons)

Clinical Embryologist

TConnolly apr15 Thomas joined the Midland Fertility team in April 2015 as a clinical embryologist with almost 10 years experience in reproductive science. He trained as a clinical embryologist at Salisbury Fertility Centre in 2010 following his PhD: investigating human sperm interactions with the female reproductive tract, at the University of Birmingham.  During his time in research, Thomas was part of the Reproductive Biology and Genetics Group (University of Birmingham) and he also worked at the ACU at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. He is also a member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, Association of Biomedical Andrologists and the Physiological Society. Email Thomas ConnollyTop

Manjeet Hunjan CS MSc BSc (Hons)

Clinical Embryologist

Manjeet Hunjan Manjeet joined the laboratory team in April 2012, having previously worked as a clinical embryologist in fertility clinics in London and at others in the West Midlands. Her work includes all lab protocols, from IVF and ICSI to gamete and embryo freezing.  In addition to English, she speaks Punjabi and Hindi.Email Manjeet HunjanTop

Clare Wilson CS BA (Hons)

Clinical Embryologist

cwilson2-0212_ptp9041 Clare re-joined Midland Fertility in January 2012. She had previously been one of the laboratory team at the unit from 2001 to 2006 and also specialised in andrology at another IVF unit for five years before that. As one of the Midland Fertility clinical scientist (CS) embryologists, Clare undertakes IVF and ICSI procedures as well as all other embryology, egg and sperm protocols.Email Clare WilsonTop

Laura Perkins BSc (Hons)

Embryologist

Laura Woodcock After completing her BSc (Hons) in biological sciences in 2001, Laura worked as a college laboratory technician and joined Midland Fertility as laboratory assistant in January 2006, supporting the embryologists in all lab duties. In 2007 she became an andrologist, concentrating on semen analyses and sperm preparation. Following this, Laura began studying to become an embryologist and moved closer to clinical embryologist status in 2011 after achieving certification from the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE).Email Laura PerkinsTop

Laura Edmunds BSc

Laboratory Assistant/Trainee Andrologist

LEdmunds1 nov15 Laura joined the laboratory team at Midland Fertility in October 2015 before graduating in Human Biology from the University of Birmingham In December 2015. During her degree Laura found particular interest in human genetics. Email Laura Edmunds Top

Jo Milner MIBMS BSc (Hons)

Blood Laboratory Manager

jmilner1_dsc8946-w Jo joined the lab team at Midland Fertility as one of the biomedical scientists in June 2009.  With more than 25 years experience in the immunology and biochemistry labs at Good Hope and Heartlands hospitals, Jo is one of the BMS team which prcesses the hormone and infection screening blood tests, in addition to the AMH tests for ovarian reserve. In September 2015 she was promoted to her current role. Jo is also one of the Midland Fertility Forum moderators.Email Jo MilnerTop

David Rooke MIBMS BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Scientist

DRooke David joined Midland Fertility in September 2015 with 25 years experience in pathology labs. Along with Jo Milner, the other Midland Fertility biomedical scientist, David ensures all the blood samples for hormone tests and infection screening are processed as required. Email David Rooke Top

Business Support Staff

Nicole Alpers ACA

Finance Manager

 Nicole joined Midland Fertility in October 2012 with 11 years’ experience in finance and accountancy, including four years in management roles within insurance and wholesaling.  She qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 2006, and is responsible for providing the lead on all financial and accounting matters, including the day to day management of the finance team at Midland Fertility. Email Nicole AlpersTop

Jill Anthony-Ackery BA (Hons)

Communications Manager

janthony-ackery2-0212_ptp9072 Jill joined Midland Fertility in August 2004 with 14 years’ PR experience and after 18 months as the clinic’s PR consultant, as well as experience as an ICSI patient at Midland Fertility from 1999-2001. She is responsible for branding and communicating the clinic’s services through printed and social media, the internet and literature and for managing its reputation through public relations activity. In 2006 Midland Fertility was awarded a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Gold Award for her work on the Funded Fertility Treatment for All Campaign with The Birmingham Post. She has responsibility for Forum moderation and co-authored Fertility & Infertility for Dummies with Dr Gillian Lockwood. She has also completed the Fundamentals of Senior Management module towards an MBA.Email Jill Anthony-AckeryDirect phone: 07795 812523 – for media enquiriesTop

Fiona Park NVQ

Quality and HR Manager

Fiona Park Fiona re-joined Midland Fertility in 2004 and is responsible for the day to day management and maintenance of the quality management system – ensuring compliance with ISO9001:2008 and the additional requirements of the European Union Tissue Directive. Fiona also ensures effective and compliant management of the clinic’s human resources.Email Fiona ParkTop

Carol-Ann Smith

Office Manager

casmith01_dsc6422 Carol-Ann joined Midland Fertility in June 2010 as the office manager, with 25 years’ administration experience, including 15 years in a management role, in financial services and the property industry.  At Midland Fertility she leads the team of receptionists, secretaries, admin assistants, filing clerks and housekeepers and ensures that patients receive the highest quality administration support and front-of-house services.Email Carol-Ann SmithTop

Jyoti Patel MSc BSc (Hons)

Information Analyst

Jyoti Patel Jyoti joined Midland Fertility in 1996 and is responsible for collecting data on treatment outcomes and compiling statistics for Midland Fertility to calculate and improve its success rates. She also reports and verifies all information about treatment cycles to the HFEA.Email Jyoti PatelTop

Donna Rea-Gardner AMSPAR

Patient Relations Manager

Donna Rea-Gardner Donna re-joined Midland Fertility in 1999 and in September 2012 took on the role of patient relations manager. For many patients, Donna is their first point of contact with Midland Fertility and she is available to help with any non-clinical queries throughout their treatment. She is also part of the overseas egg donation team and co-ordinates the treatment of patients between Midland Fertility and IVI Las Palmas. Donna oversees the recruitment of egg donors and manages the recipient waiting list for both egg and embryo donation. In addition, she is part of the Midland Fertility quality management team, involved in incident investigation activity and supporting the work of the Midland Fertility complaints officer.She can be contacted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30am to 5.00pm.Email Donna Rea-GardnerDirect mobile: 07584 633178Top

Linda Tanner

NHS Contracts Manager

LTanner5 apr15 Linda joined Midland Fertility in 1995 as a secretary and in 2004 she became responsible for liaising with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – formerly the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) – which offer funded fertility treatment through Midland Fertility. Following an increase in the number of health authority contracts at Midland Fertility in 2005, Linda now manages the Midland Fertility relationship with CCGs and is the first point of contact for all patients receiving funded treatment. Linda also takes first enquiries from patients and helps to co-ordinate overseas egg donation treatment with Midland Fertility and IVI Las Palmas. She can be contacted Wednesday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm.Email Linda TannerTop

Jenny Abraham AMSPAR

Office Supervisor

Jenny Abraham Jenny joined Midland Fertility in 2003 as a secretary and, with 15 years experience as a medical secretary or administration manager, was promoted to office supervisor in December 2005. Her responsibilities include supervising the weekend team and workload, secretarial work, typing patient letters and taking telephone calls.Email Jenny AbrahamTop

Carolyn Sage AMSPAR NVQ

Office Supervisor

csage1_dsc8427 Carolyn joined the team as a secretary in August 2009. In September 2013 she was promoted to office supervisor, deputising for the office manager in her absence and ensuring the smooth-running of the secretarial/reception team. She ensures relevant people are advised of patients’ treatment progress, provides administration support for the NHS contracts manager and is one of the friendly faces and voices of the front-of-house team. She has RSA III typing and word processing, an NVQ3 in business administration and, in 2010, achieved a merit in her AMSPAR medical terminology qualification.Email Carolyn SageTop

Lynsey Bissell LlB (Hons)

Communications Executive

lbissell4oct13_ptp5452 Lynsey joined Midland Fertility in 2008 as part of the office team.  After subsequent experience as a fertility nursing assistant and a successful ICSI patient she was appointed as communications executive in October 2013.  This was a newly created role to help drive the growing business.  Working with the communications manager, Lynsey helps implement all the Midland Fertility marcomms activity, including the website, social and print media coverage, and literature.  She is also a Forum moderator along with co-ordinating regular fertility information events.Email Lynsey BissellTop

Kerry Pemberton AAT

Finance Team Supervisor

 kpemberton1-dec13 Kerry joined the finance team in October 2013 after gaining a qualificationin  AAT level II.  Her role includes generating patient quotes, patient and supplier queries and taking payments. She handles bank reconciliations and oversees monthly stocktakes.  Kerry had previous experience in the private health care sector.  In September 2015 she took on the new role of finance supervisor.Email Kerry Pemberton via The Finance Team Top

Kerry Poston MAAT

Finance Assistant

kposton3-c8988-0212 Kerry joined Midland Fertility in March 2008 to handle finance queries from patients. She takes patient payments over the phone and liaises with the clinical team to ensure patients get accurate finance information regarding their treatment.  Kerry is a fully qualified MAAT.Email Kerry Poston via The Finance Team Top

Teresa Lane

Finance Assistant

 Teresa became a finance assistant and purchase ledger at Midland Fertility in October 2015.  She has 30 years’ experience in purchase ledger, statement reconciliation and accounts at her previous company. She also has her AAT level II qualification.  Teresa’s role includes filing, handling telephone payments and queries from patients and dealing with suppliers.Email Teresa Lane c/o The Finance Team
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Emma Price

Finance Assistant

 EPrice1jan16 Emma joined Midland Fertility in October 2015 as a finance assistant and sales ledger.  Emma comes from a finance background which includes five years as a negotiator for a bank and ten years as an adviser for a finance company.  She  is currently working towards her AAT qualification. Emma’s typical day at Midland Fertility involves handling telephone payment and queries, advising patients of treatment costs and account monitoring. Email Emma Price c/o The Finance Team  Top

Tammy Jones

Receptionist/Secretary

tjones1-0712 Tammy joined the admin team as a receptionist/secretary in June 2012, with many years experience of administration in a private commercial company.  As one of the ‘front office’ reception team she ensures that patients and doctors are kept up to date with correspondence, as well as answering the phone and greeting people on arrival.Email Tammy JonesTop

Kathy Gargett

Receptionist

Kathy Gargett Kathy originally joined Midland Fertility in 1998 as housekeeper and later became office assistant. Now as one of the receptionists, her responsibilities include answering the telephones and welcoming people to Midland Fertility.Email Kathy GargettTop

Caroline Price

Receptionist

Caroline Price Caroline joined Midland Fertility in 1993 and is one of the familiar faces on reception. She also answers telephone calls, handles patient payments and deals with patient enquiries.Email Caroline PriceTop

Nikki Thumpston BA (Hons)

Receptionist/Secretary

NThumpston1apr15 Nikki joined Midland Fertility in March 2015.  She has a background in administration and most recently working for a children’s centre where she worked alongside social services and local healthcare professionals support families with practical guidance and emotional advice.  Nikki also achieved her BA (hons) degree in childhood and youth studies, graduating in 2014.  Nikki is the welcoming face of reception at the weekends alongside providing administration support and attending to patient queries. Email Nikki ThumpstonTop

Angela Justin

Filing Clerk

Angela Justin Angela joined Midland Fertility in 2005 and her role as filing clerk includes handling the post and finance payments and taking telephone calls.Email Angela Justin
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Emily Metcalfe

Filing Clerk

Emily Metcalfe Emily  joined Midland Fertility in 2014 as filing clerk.  She manages patient documents and files ensuring all information is kept up to date and accurate.  She is currently studying animal management at an agricultural college following completion of her GCSE’s.  Emily is working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh award and volunteers at a local housing shelter.  Emily is a Midland Fertility success story as she was an ICSI baby along with her sister!Email Emily MetcalfeTop

Julie Gittings

Housekeeper

Julie Gittings Julie joined the housekeeping team in 2008, to help maintain a pleasant and clean environment for patients, staff and visitors to Tamworth House.Email Julie Gittings Top

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